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Travelling to Canada

If you require a visa to enter Canada, we advise you begin your application now.

Visa application process

You likely need to apply for either a visitor visa (also known as a Temporary Resident Visa [TRV]) or an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter the country.

To determine visa requirements to enter Canada, fill in this form on the Government of Canada website:

Note that lawful residents of the US also have additional proof of status documentation that must be provided upon entry.

Invitation letter

If you are applying for a TRV, we can provide a letter of invitation you can add as supplementary documentation. Please reach out to us with the following details:

  • Full name (as it appears on your passport)

  • Address (matching the address you will use in the visa application form)

  • Institution

Visa processing times

Visa processing times for Canada are lengthy. Processing times differ depending on country - you can check the estimating processing times in the link below. Official estimates can extend upwards of 5 months. These should be taken as highly conservative estimates and does not include lead times to schedule appointments.

Check estimates of processing times here. Select 'temporary residence':

COVID-19 entry requirements

Entry requirements may change in the coming months, including country-specific requirements. Please make sure you check the Government of Canada's requirements for entry:

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